Meadowdale Baptist Church
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Dayton, Ohio

#NPLGreaterDayton

 

Near the end of his letter to the believer’s in Rome, the Apostle Paul makes this amazing statement…

Romans 15:23a NIV

“But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions,”

No place left! What did he mean? Paul was an apostle, a “sent-one”. His task was to see the field, enter it, connect with people, share the Gospel, disciple new believers, gather them in community (i.e., plant the church), appoint leaders and repeat the process in other cities, towns, and villages. This is what Jesus did!

 

 Matthew 9:23 ESV                                                                                                                                    “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.”

 

What would it take to say “There’s No Place Left in Greater Dayton”? What would it take to say that every person had been prayed for by name, heard the Gospel presented in a simple, transferable and culturally relevant manner? What would it take for new believers to be taught how to obey Jesus, and had the opportunity to gather with other people like themselves for worship, encouragement and fellowship? What would it take?

 

 It would take a move of God to honestly say, "There is No Place Left in Greater Dayton!"

 

Before moving back to Old North Dayton in 2011, Pastor Randy Chestnut did research on the health of churches in the 45404 zip code. He discovered there were 20+ churches in the area. In the past four years, three of those churches have closed. These churches represent 7 denominations, with a wide variety of worship styles from liturgical, contemporary, charismatic and a couple with a “southern” twist. Randy has had the privilege of interacting with several of the pastors and members of these churches. He discovered the vast majority of them care for this community and want to see people come to faith in Jesus. They continue to try a wide range of outreach programs and events to reach the community, but, with very little fruit. These churches are proof of a statement made by Alan Hirsch in 2014 at VERGE CHICAGO:

 

“Church as we know it can reach about 40% of the U.S. population. The other 60% need a new approach.”

 

Randy's experience in this community would put the percentage of the population that needs a new approach closer to 80-85%! Over the past three years, he discovered that “new approach” is not another Sunday worship gathering. God drove him back to the original (and still the best) church planting manual, the New Testament. Steve Addison, in his book Pioneering Movements summarized the New Testament model of church planting, as practiced by the Apostle of our faith, the Lord Jesus.
 
 

Meadowdale Baptist Church has two similar, but distinct strategies for fleshing out this New Testament process. We understand many people prefer a more traditional method of church. For those folks, we have very warm and inviting services at our facility at 3686 Haney Rd., Dayton, OH 45416. You can find out more about the times of our service here. We call this "Invest and Invite".

We also realize there are some people that, for a variety of reasons, are not comfortable with traditional church gatherings, but want to know more about God and the Bible. How do we share God's message with them? We "Go and Sow" (For more details about "Go and Sow", see here). For those folks, we recommend a Discovery Bible Study (DSB). These typically last 4-6 weeks with small groups of 4-12 people, and can be held anywhere. If you would like more information about how to host or be a part of a DSB, contact us.

Where do we go from here?

Praying/Enlisting Prayer Support

In his book, Church Planting by the Book, author E. Elbert Smith draws out principles for church planting from the Book of Acts. He makes the following observation related to the first church’ the church at Jerusalem.

E. Elbert Smith, Church Planting by the Book

“The Jerusalem church was birthed in prayer. It was led by people who prayed and was characterized by prayer. The first application from Jerusalem for the church-planting team today is this: begin with prayer, and make it foundational in all you do!” 

In addition to personally devoting ourselves to prayer, we are actively enlisting prayer support from prayer ministries, both locally, nationally and globally. We are developing a network of Intercessory, with whom we will interact with on a regular and consistent basis, through a variety of means, including, but not limited to…

  • Home Prayer Meetings
  • Prayer Gatherings at Local Churches
  • Prayer-Walking
  • Prayer updates by e-mail
  • Prayer Conference Calls/Skype

Some of the Intercessory prayer ministries we have engaged include

  • PrayDayton
  • Dayton House of Prayer
  • City Gates of Dayton

Training

  • Launch Missional Community Training
  • 4Fields/T4T (Training for Trainers) with E3 Partners
  • Life Conversations 3 Circles (NAMB)